RALEIGH – The N. C. Department of Transportation has chosen the location of the proposed Topsail Island Bridge on N.C. 50/N.C.210 (Roland Avenue) over the Intracoastal Waterway in Pender County.
The project will replace the aging swing span bridge with a new structure that will improve traffic flow for both motorists and boaters. Federal, state and local officials met to review the remaining seven alternatives under study. After reviewing the environmental impacts and public comments associated with each alternative, Alternative 17 was selected as the location for the new bridge in December 2012.
Alternative 17 is a fixed bridge that begins at the intersection of N.C. 50/N.C. 210 (Roland Avenue) with Little Kinston Road and Atkinson Point, heads south and crosses the Intracoastal Waterway about 1,000 feet south of the existing swing span bridge. As the new bridge crosses the Intracoastal Waterway, it arches to the south and then back north connecting to N.C.50/N.C.210 between Kinston Avenue and Roland Avenue.
At its highest point, the bridge is proposed to be 65 feet above the Intracoastal Waterway and will provide constant access for all boats and other vehicles. Once the new bridge is open to traffic, the existing swing span bridge will be removed.
NCDOT will continue to refine the design and explore ways to further reduce impacts. A meeting will be scheduled at a later date to present project details to the public. Right-of-way acquisition is scheduled to begin in 2015, with construction beginning in 2017.
Anyone desiring additional information may contact Project Development and Environmental Analysis Project Engineer Michele James, at (919)707-6027, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org ;or Chad Critcher, PE, RS&H Consultants at (704) 752-0610 or via email Chad.Critcher@rsandh.com.